greatness, n.
/grayt/, adj., greater, greatest, adv., n., pl. greats, (esp. collectively) great, interj.
1. unusually or comparatively large in size or dimensions: A great fire destroyed nearly half the city.
2. large in number; numerous: Great hordes of tourists descend on Europe each summer.
3. unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc.: great pain.
4. wonderful; first-rate; very good: We had a great time. That's great!
5. being such in an extreme or notable degree: great friends; a great talker.
6. notable; remarkable; exceptionally outstanding: a great occasion.
7. important; highly significant or consequential: the great issues in American history.
8. distinguished; famous: a great inventor.
9. of noble or lofty character: great thoughts.
10. chief or principal: the great hall; his greatest novel.
11. of high rank, official position, or social standing: a great noble.
12. much in use or favor: "Humor" was a great word with the old physiologists.
13. of extraordinary powers; having unusual merit; very admirable: a great statesman.
14. of considerable duration or length: We waited a great while for the train.
15. Informal.
a. enthusiastic about some specified activity (usually fol. by at, for, or on): He's great on reading poetry aloud.
b. skillful; expert (usually fol. by at or on): He's great at golf.
16. being of one generation more remote from the family relative specified (used in combination): a great-grandson.
17. great with child, being in the late stages of pregnancy.
18. Informal. very well: Things have been going great for him.
19. a person who has achieved importance or distinction in a field: She is one of the theater's greats.
20. great persons, collectively: England's literary great.
21. (often cap.) greats, (used with a sing. v.) Also called great go. Brit. Informal.
a. the final examination for the bachelor's degree in the classics and mathematics, or Literae Humaniores, esp. at Oxford University and usually for honors.
b. the course of study.
c. the subject studied.
22. (used to express acceptance, appreciation, approval, admiration, etc.).
23. (used ironically or facetiously to express disappointment, annoyance, distress, etc.): Great! We just missed the last train home.
[bef. 900; ME greet, OE great; c. D groot, G gross]
Syn. 1. immense, enormous, gigantic, huge, vast, grand. GREAT, BIG, LARGE refer to size, extent, and degree. In reference to the size and extent of concrete objects, BIG is the most general and most colloquial word, LARGE is somewhat more formal, and GREAT is highly formal and even poetic, suggesting also that the object is notable or imposing: a big tree; a large tree; a great oak; a big field; a large field; great plains. When the reference
is to degree or a quality, GREAT is the usual word: great beauty; great mistake; great surprise; although BIG sometimes alternates with it in colloquial style: a big mistake; a big surprise; LARGE is not used in reference to degree, but may be used in a quantitative reference: a large number (great number). 6. noteworthy. 7. weighty, serious, momentous, vital, critical. 8. famed, eminent, noted, notable, prominent, renowned. 9. elevated, exalted, dignified. 10. main, grand, leading.
Ant. 1. small. 6-8, 10, 11, 14. insignificant.

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(as used in expressions)
Carolus Magnus Charles the Great
Great Learning
Herod the Great
Stephen the Great
Theodoric the Great
Abbas the Great
Afonso the Great
Antiochus the Great
Basil the Great Saint
Casimir the Great
the Great Condé
Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
Cyrus the Great
Darius the Great
the Great Elector
Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.
Great Mosque of Esfahan
Gregory the Great
Ivan the Great
James the Great
Kamehameha the Great
Great Lakes trout
Leo the Great
Llywelyn the Great
Great Greece
Matilda the Great Countess
Mithradates the Great
Nerses I the Great Saint
Great Northern War
Otto the Great
Peter the Great
Ramses the Great
Sancho the Great
great sea otter
Simeon the Great
Great Indian Desert
Theodosius the Great
Valdemar the Great
Albert prince consort of Great Britain and Ireland
Catherine the Great
Constantine the Great

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Universalium. 2010.


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